Italian family in York: join us for a cultural exchange, UK


United Kingdom

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    Ciao! :)
    We're an italian family living in York and we live 15 min walking from the city center (10 min from the train station).
    We are a 5 members family:
    - Camilla: 15 years old
    - Matilde: 12 years old
    - Cecilia: 5 years old
    - Silvana, the mum: 45 years old. She used to be a Nursery Coordinator and a Sociology Lecturer at the Catholic University in Milan, but now she teaches Italian.
    - Marco, the dad: 45 years old as well, he is an IT security engineer.
    …ops! Actually we’re 7:
    - Mirò, the white cat. He is 8 years old and is just a little bit nasty, but [can be] lovely :)
    - Mirtilla, the black one. She is 4 months old and really funny (as only a kitten can be).

    All the three girls love spending time outside, jumping on the trampoline in the garden or playing in the park. Cecilia loves playing with Lego and Geomag, reading and writing. She also likes to spend her time listening to music, singing and dancing.

    We decided to look for a workawayer and not a living-out baby sitter because we would like to share our culture and to learn something about foreigner cultures and languages, and we think that this experience can be the optimum!
    We already hosted people from abroad, having had six aupairs and workawayers in the last 9 years (if you need it, we can provide references and you can speak with them).

    If you want to have an amazing experience abroad, living in one of the most beautiful and historical British cities, but eating delicious Italian food... we are definitively your family! :)

    *️️️*️️️*️️️ WE ARE NOW LOOKING FOR SOMEONE FROM JANUARY 2020 *️️️*️️️*️️️

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Beside being an Italian teacher, Silvana runs Italian cookery courses. If you want, she can teach you Italian and, why not?, how to cook proper Italian food.

  • Help


    We are looking for someone who wants to help us in taking care of Camilla, Matilde and Cecilia, sharing with us the day by day life of a busy family :) .
    We will ask you to spend time with the girls in the afternoon, picking up Cecilia from school (3.10 pm) and staying with her (and her sisters, if they're not away for extra school activities) until 5.30 - 6.00 pm. Depending on Silvana's lessons, you might be asked to take Cecilia to school in the morning (8.40).
    In the morning, we will ask you to do a few light house chores.
    Sometimes, we will ask you to look after them in the evening (usually less than once a week).
    Weekends will be always free.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    You will have a single room with a single bed and a wardrobe and you will share the bathroom with the girls.
    We usually eat Italian food, at home, even if we like ethnic food and we love to try new food. You can obviously have dinner outside, during your free time. However, if you're at home, we ask you to have dinner with us, as a part of the family.

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    York is one of England’s finest and most beautiful historic cities. The Romans knew it as Eboracum. To the Saxons it was Eoforwick. The Vikings – who came as invaders but stayed on in settlements – called it Jorvik. Its more recent history also characterises the city – its Minster and medieval architecture, its Georgian town houses, and its wonderful Victorian railway station.
    The York of today is a fashionable city that successfully combines its heritage and superb historic architecture with sophisticated designer shops, smart restaurants, bars and cafes, to attract tourists from all over the world.
    Within its ancient, encircling walls York’s medieval streets and buildings are beautifully preserved and the historic heart of the city is largely traffic-free, making it quiet, clean and very pleasant to stroll around, day and night.
    Stonegate and Petergate, York’s two most stylish shopping streets, still run along the same routes as they did 2,000 years ago, when they were called Via Praetoria and Via Principalis and led to the massive Roman headquarters which once occupied the site where the vast gothic Minster stands today, dominating the city.
    This magnificent building took 250 years to build and was consecrated in 1472. It contains England’s greatest concentration of medieval stained glass, including the great east window which, measuring 186 square metres, is thought to be the largest area of stained glass in the world.

    York’s first railway station was built in 1839, and the present magnificent edifice dates from 1877 – when opened it was the largest in Europe. The city is therefore a natural setting for the National Railway Museum, the finest. Close to half a million visitors visit each year, enjoying over 100 engines, interactive displays and lavish exhibitions.

    York has long had a reputation in the chocolate world, in part due to the sizable factories created by Rowntree’s and Terry’s during the 20th Century. York is home to some big names in the chocolate aisle, Rowntree’s created Kit Kat, Smarties and Aero, whilst Terry’s created the Chocolate Orange and their rich dark All Gold collection. The history and evolution of these chocolates, that we still enjoy today, is intertwined with York’s social history and industrial development with as much to be celebrated as the artwork, buildings, fashion, Railways and the Vikings for which the city is already famed for.

    Summer brings the racing season to York. From May to October the Ebor Races lend a frivolous, excited air to the city as everyone heads for the Knavesmire to cheer on their hot tip. As is the tradition with Britain’s big racing events, many people are more interested in the fashion than the horses, as the races provide the perfect excuse to dress up and don lavish and extraordinary hats for a day.
    Besides the racing, York has events all year round, including the Jorvik Viking Festival in February, the Early Music Festival in July (York is the location of the National Centre for Early Music), and the Festival of Food and Drink in September.

    Beside being a wonderful place, York is well connected with principal cities in UK by train (2 hours to London, 3 to Edinburgh, 1hour30 to Manchester or Liverpool).
    With low cost flight from Leeds or Manchester Airport it is also easy to reach European capitals and cities.

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    • Can host families

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    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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